Madderoot 100g
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Madderoot 100g

Madderoot 100 gram package (Rubia Tinctorum)

Produces red, orange, coral and wine

 

Madder is a beautiful, permanent red dye from the roots of a pretty, viney, low growing herb. It has been cultivated in Europe and the Middle East for at least 5,000 years. Similar wild varieties have been used by Native Americans and in the Far East.

Madder is a beautiful, permanent red dye from the roots of a pretty, viney, low growing herb. It has been cultivated in Europe and the Middle East for at least 5,000 years. Similar wild varieties have been used by Native Americans and in the Far East.

For best reds, when dyeing cotton, Calcium in the form of chalk or Calcium Carbonate can be added to the dyebath. This binds with the Madder and enriches the colour. For wool or silk, add some ammonia (clear, non-sudzing) to your dyebath until the colour of the solution is reddish rather than orangey.

For clearest tones, these whole roots can be soaked overnight and the brownish soaking water discarded; add fresh water and SLOWLY bring to a near boil. Do this over at least 1 hour. Then let them be at this near boil for at least 20 minutes. This pulls out the most of the pink toned dye that is in madder, leaving the orange tone component to be extracted by boiling the roots vigorously, with fresh water after the red dye is strained off and used.

Price per Unit (piece): $14.00

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